Vincent P. Alibu

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The most rapid method for the generation of conditional mutants in Trypanosoma brucei is the use of RNA interference. A single copy of the target sequence is cloned between two opposing T7 promoters bearing tet operators, and the resulting plasmid is integrated into the genome of cells expressing both the tet repressor and T7 RNA polymerase. Upon addition(More)
Proteins of the mitochondrial carrier family (MCF) are located mainly in the inner mitochondrial membrane and mediate the transport of a large range of metabolic intermediates. The genome of Trypanosoma brucei harbors 29 genes encoding different MCF proteins. We describe here the characterization of MCP6, a novel T. brucei MCF protein. Sequence comparison(More)
Dynamic models of metabolism can be useful in identifying potential drug targets, especially in unicellular organisms. A model of glycolysis in the causative agent of human African trypanosomiasis, Trypanosoma brucei, has already shown the utility of this approach. Here we add the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) of T. brucei to the glycolytic model. The PPP(More)
We previously showed that over-expression of Trypanosoma brucei MRPA, a member of the multidrug resistance protein family in T. brucei, reproducibly resulted in resistance to the anti-trypanosomal drug melarsoprol in vitro. MRPA is predicted to mediate efflux of melarsoprol as a conjugate with trypanothione, a glutathione-spermidine conjugate which is the(More)
A single copy gene, encoding a protein highly similar to transketolase from other systems, was identified in the Trypanosoma brucei genome. The gene was expressed in E. coli and the purified protein demonstrated transketolase activity with K(m) values of 0.2mM and 0.8mM respectively for xylulose 5-phosphate and ribose 5-phosphate. A peroxisomal targeting(More)
The enzyme 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase is a potential drug target for the parasitic protozoan Trypanosoma brucei, the causative organism of human African trypanosomiasis. This enzyme has a polar active site to accommodate the phosphate, hydroxyl and carboxylate groups of the substrate, 6-phosphogluconate. A virtual fragment screen was undertaken of the(More)
A novel trypanocide, 2,5-bis(4-amidinophenyl)furan (DB75), in its prodrug amidoxime-derivative form, 2,5-bis(4-amidinophenyl)furan-bis-O-methylamidoxime (DB289), is in trials as the first orally administered drug for human African trypanosomiasis. DB75 is a diamidine. Resistance to some diamidines correlates to loss of uptake via the P2 aminopurine(More)
We have previously reported the discovery of potent and selective inhibitors of 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase, the third enzyme of the phosphate pentose pathway, from Trypanosoma brucei, the causative organism of human African trypanosomiasis. These inhibitors were charged phosphate derivatives with restricted capacity to enter cells. Herein, we report(More)
The standard assay for transketolase (E.C has depended upon the use of D-xylulose 5-phosphate as the ketose donor substrate since the production of D-glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate can be readily coupled to a reaction that consumes NADH allowing the reaction to be followed spectrophotometrically. Unfortunately, commercial supplies of D-xylulose(More)